Good evening, Northwest Families, this is Jimmy D’Andrea, principal of Northwest High School, with your Sunday evening message.  I want to extend a huge thank you to our SGA officers and sponsors for planning and coordinating an outstanding Homecoming Week last week! 


Holiday Giving Project of Montgomery County: Requests Due by Monday, October 16

The Holiday Giving Project of Montgomery County provides a Thanksgiving meal and December holiday assistance to families in need throughout our community. To request assistance, there is a form that must be completed and returned to the Northwest Counseling Office by Monday, October 16.  The form is available in the counseling office and in the “News” section of the Northwest homepage, and copies of the form will also be given to all students this week.


9th Grade Parent Meeting: Monday, October 9

There will be a 9th grade parent meeting tomorrow, Monday, October 9, at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide parents all of the information they need regarding what to expect during the first year of high school.  9th grade parents will also be able to pick up detailed grade reports showing student progress so far this school year.  All 9th grade parents are strongly encouraged to attend!


Open House: Monday, October 9

Our annual Open House is tomorrow, Monday, October 9, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, and we encourage all parents to stop by for whatever amount of time your schedule allows, from a few minutes to the entire morning!  You may park in the parking lot in front of the school beginning at 7:45 am. 

All Open House visitors are required to sign-in at the main office before visiting any classes, and please make sure to bring a driver’s license or government-issued photo ID when you come.  Please also note that Open House is for parents only, as we are unable to accommodate children who do not attend Northwest. 


Northwest College Fair: Wednesday, October 11

The first-ever Northwest College Fair is this Wednesday, October 11, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the cafeteria, followed by optional break-out sessions until 8:45 pm.  This is an excellent opportunity for students and parents to talk directly with college representatives.  It is designed primarily for juniors and seniors and their parents, but it is open to all Northwest families!


PSAT Day: Wednesday, October 11

Our annual PSAT Day is this Wednesday, October 11.  There will be special activities for each grade level in the morning, and it is essential that all students arrive at school on time. 

  • All 9th graders will be completing a practice PSAT. 
  • All 10th graders will be taking the PSAT, and the cost is covered by MCPS. 
  • All 11th graders will also be taking the PSAT, and the cost is $16.00.  When students take the PSAT in 11th grade, it can qualify them for scholarship opportunities.  Students may pay the $16.00 fee online (, or by cash or check in the counseling lobby on Monday or Tuesday during lunch.  Checks should be made payable to Northwest High School.
  • All 12th graders will participate in important senior activities, including the annual senior panoramic photograph.


Make-up Senior Pictures: Monday, October 9 – Tuesday, October 10

For seniors who have not yet completed their sitting for senior pictures, Victor O'Neill Studios will be returning for portrait sessions on Monday, October 9, and Tuesday, October 10 during the school day.  This is the last opportunity for seniors to get their portraits taken for the yearbook.  Flyers indicating the date and time of the session have already been mailed home, and students who need to take senior pictures received a pass last week with the date and time of their appointment.  Students should use this pass to leave class on Monday or Tuesday.  Students who have questions about appointment scheduling should see Ms. Mason, yearbook sponsor, in room 122.  Parents who have questions can contact Ms. Mason at  More information about portrait packages is available in the “News” section of the Northwest website.


Enforcement of Pedestrian Laws

The police department has informed us that there will be additional enforcement of pedestrian laws in the coming days along Great Seneca Highway and Richter Farm Road.  If your student walks to and/or from school, please remind him or her that it is the law to only cross at designated crosswalks and to obey pedestrian control signals.  Individuals violating these laws may be subject to fines that start at $50 and can go as high as $500.


Northwest High School Preview Night: Wednesday, October 18

Northwest High School cordially invites all families of elementary and middle school students in the community to attend the 8th annual Northwest Preview Night on Wednesday, October 18, at 7:00 pm in the Northwest High School Auditorium to learn more about the outstanding academic programs and extracurricular opportunities available to students at Northwest.  Among other things, the evening will feature performances by student organizations, and student speakers will share their experiences in the Ulysses Signature Program.  There will also be information about the Middle College program, in which students can earn an associate’s degree from Montgomery College while in high school.   This event is open to all families of future Northwest students, not just 8th graders!


Order Your Yearbook!

Preorder your yearbook at, or from Ms. Mason in room 122. This is the only way to ensure you will have one when the books arrive in May. The current cost is $75.


Dinner Program

Northwest is excited to be hosting a free dinner program for students participating in after-school activities.  If your child will be participating in any after-school activity, he or she can come to the cafeteria between 2:30 pm and 2:50 pm Monday through Thursday for a free meal prior to the start of the activity.


George B. Thomas, Sr., Learning Academy Saturday School

The George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. Saturday School is a low-cost tutoring and mentoring program that provides a sixth day of learning and helps MCPS students enhance their mastery of core academic subjects. Students who are in need of additional academic support can attend sessions at one of 12 locations across Montgomery County, including Northwest High School. Registration is $40 for students who receive Free or Reduced-price Meals (FARMS) and $70 for students who do not. Please visit for more information.


As always, please do not hesitate to call us at any time if you have questions or concerns.  Thank you for your support of Northwest, and have a great evening!

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